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January 31, 2013

MAY: A love of another kind


Dividing property is big business. Tabloids feverishly cover the separations and divorces of celebrities. Fans follow them. Lawyers and business managers wink and make money from them. 

Forbes magazine recently wrote an article detailing the 25 most expensive celebrity divorces. Topping the list was the parting of ways between Michael and Juanita Jordan. They say that you cannot buy happiness, but the Jordans attempted to rent it for more than $150 million dollars.

Rich Mullins, a folk-styled songwriter from a couple of decades ago, composed a song describing a different kind of love. Amy Grant, not unfamiliar with the ups and downs of love, first released it on her “Unguarded” album in 1985. 

“They say love brings hurt; I say love brings healing. Understanding first, it’s a love of another kind. They would change their tune; they would add another measure. If they only knew, a love of another kind.”

What if love did not end? Would we sing a different kind of song? What is love really was enduring? Would that change how we act?  

We would marvel at a love that is patient, a love that is kind. Our hearts would melt at a love that wasn’t arrogant and proud. We would be puzzled if someone’s love was not self-serving, containing seasonings of subversive or ulterior motives. We would stand in awe of a love that genuinely forgave wrongs, remembering them no longer. We would be amazed at someone who really could honestly love in that way.

That kind of love is a love of another kind. It is a love that we all would be drawn to.

— Tom May is the Minister of Discipleship at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. He is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department at Indiana University Southeast.

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